This study looks at whether gender plays a role in people’s perceptions of one another. We expected to find that women would be rated harsher than men when looking at friendliness depending on the scenario given. There were 41 participants (35 females and 6 males) with an average age of 18.58. The experiment was a between-subjects design with random assignment to conditions. We presented the participants with two scenarios, where either the male or female was helpful or unhelpful. We asked them on a scale of one to four what they would rate the subjects on different variables. Overall, we did not find what was expected in our hypotheses. The only significant statistical differences were between whether the subject helped them or not. These results suggest that the idea of women being the only compassionate or caring gender is becoming less popular.
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